We use mirrors to reflect on ourselves – but this mirrored building in Taipei asks us to reflect on how we interact with our environment. B+P Architects transformed an old shipping container into a shining art annex in New Taipei City that blends in with its surroundings while challenging viewers to question their relationship to nature.

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The project, titled “Within The Reflection : THE ARK of ART” establishes diversified environments for creativity using mirror-polished stainless steel. Its aim is to create a space where neighboring communities can learn about aesthetics. The architects chose to put the container at the far end of a boulevard in order to preserve the serenity and peace as integral parts of the project.

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Mirrored buildings like Doug Aitken’s Mirage House and this beautiful reflective cafe in Japan by Bandesign are captivating examples of architecture blending into its surroundings and accentuating the beauty of nature.

Mirror-polished stainless steel boards that cover the building allow the large box-shaped volume to be concealed in the reflections of the surrounding environment. Another aspect of the use of mirror-like surfaces is to stimulate students to rethink the relationship between themselves and their environments.

+ B+P Architects

Via Archinect

Photos by Hung-Yu Lin, WENYA Studio
THE ARK of ART mirror building, B+P Architects, mirror, annex, Taipei, stainless steel, green architecture, mirrored buildings, reflective facade

THE ARK of ART mirror building, B+P Architects, mirror, annex, Taipei, stainless steel, green architecture, mirrored buildings, reflective facade

THE ARK of ART mirror building, B+P Architects, mirror, annex, Taipei, stainless steel, green architecture, mirrored buildings, reflective facade

THE ARK of ART mirror building, B+P Architects, mirror, annex, Taipei, stainless steel, green architecture, mirrored buildings, reflective facade

THE ARK of ART mirror building, B+P Architects, mirror, annex, Taipei, stainless steel, green architecture, mirrored buildings, reflective facade